HTC 7 Trophy Smartphone Price in the Philippines, Features and Other Details: Windows Mobile may have taken a backseat when the iOS-running iPhone was released by Apple followed by the battalion of Android-running smartphones that flooded the market. But back in the day, Windows Mobile was the in thing if you look back far enough. In fact, it was the weapon of choice for high-end smartphones about 10 years ago and was only equaled in popularity by UIQ, the staple among Sony Ericsson smartphones.
The market may have been stacked lately in favor of iOS and Android but Widows Mobile can’t be counted out of the game just yet. Actually, the operating system got stuck the longest with Version 6.1 with the option to upgrade to Version 6.5 but the evolution of the operating system became rather stagnant in that particular time period.
With the release of Windows Mobile 7, a radical approach was adopted to make sure that all phones that will run the operating system will be at par with the superphones running around the smartphone playground. To achieve this end, Microsoft put into place strict rules regarding the minimum hardware specs for a smartphone to be given the license to run WP7, as it is commonly referred to nowadays.
In trying to keep a balance between the smartphones that it releases and to make sure that all market segments are taken care of, HTC also came up with its own line of WP7 smartphones. One of these is the HTC 7 Trophy, which is the “budget” smartphone of HTC when it comes to WP7.
What will the HTC 7 Trophy offer when you factor in its being a budget smartphone in relation to the minimum hardware requirements of Microsoft? Will it still be able to perform well? Will it get eaten up by competing WP7 phones from other manufacturers? Read on as we take a closer look at the HTC 7 Trophy.
Design and construction
The HTC 7 Trophy measures 118.5 x 61.5 x 12 mm and tips the scales at 140 grams. It looks like your typical black slab of plastic that is the common form factor among smartphones today. However, the simplicity of the HTC 7 Trophy makes it stand out a bit. Others may even describe it as sleek.
In addition to that, the HTC 7 Trophy has a slim profile that makes it look very lightweight and yet still manages to feel solidly built when gripped in your hands, this despite the fact that the chassis of the handset is fashioned mostly from plastic.
Below the display, you will find the Back, Start and Search buttons, which are all by the way touch-sensitive. The left side of the device houses the micro-USB port and volume rocker while the camera convenience key sites on the right side. The top edge of the HTC 7 Trophy on the other hand contains the 3.5 mm headphone jack and power button.
Under the hood
Despite being the most affordable among WP7 phones, the HTC 7 Trophy still packs an impressive specs sheet. It is powered by a 1GHz Scorpion processor sitting on a Qualcomm QSD8250 SnapDragon chipset that runs at 1GHz. Its Adreno 200 GPU on the other hand takes care of graphical concerns and the processor has 576 MB of RAM at its disposal.
Being the budget smartphone that it is, the HTC 7 Trophy has a generous 8GB of onboard memory but users of this phone have to make do with that as there is no option for memory expansion here.
Display-wise, the HTC 7 Trophy packs a 3.8-inch SuperLCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors and a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is covered in Corning’s famed Gorilla Glass for added insurance and has the usual smattering of sensors integrated onto the display like proximity and accelerometer. The display also has support for mutli-touch input that is the norm nowadays.
Sad to say, the HTC 7 Trophy decided to skimp on the camera department and only has a single shooter – a rear-facing 5-megapixel snapper that can capture stills of up to 2560 x 1920 pixels. It has a built-in LED flash and autofocus though and is capable of geotagging. Switch the shooter to video mode and it gives you the capability to play director and shoot 720 video clips.
The HTC 7 Trophy draws power from a 1300 mAh Li-Ion battery that supplies juice to the device. On a single charge, the HTC 7 Trophy can last up to 3.5 hours of talk time and up to 435 hours of standby time. Not bad actually for a meager 1300 mAh power pack.
The bottom line
The HTC 7 Trophy manages to impress us with its performance despite some of the snags that we are kind of expecting. Its aesthetics is pleasing to the eyes. The components under its hood are almost at par with our not-so-superphones available today and performance is also snappy.
A nicer screen and more internal storage capacity would make this device a whole lot better. Throw in a card slot for memory expansion and that makes the HTC 7 Trophy perfect for its price point.
HTC 7 Trophy Smartphone Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 30,000.00
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